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The Liberal Democrats’ claims to the centreground are being tested—here’s what they must do

Opposing Brexit isn’t enough—the party must think more strategically about how to win back disenfranchised moderates

By Miranda Green  

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable during a question and answer session at the party's Bournemouth conference. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Above the entrance to the Bournemouth conference centre is a video advert for an upcoming show by Squeeze, the 80s band. As the Liberal Democrats gather beneath it, this reminder of the party’s fate at the 2017 general election, as the electorate divided between Labour and the Conservatives, could be making them wince. But instead the Lib Dems, ever the unnatural optimists, are pretty chirpy.

The delegates are…

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